Saturday 16th July 2016 – Daily Mail (Newspaper and Mail Online)
Daily Mail’s Film Critic, Brian Viner tests the new breed of outdoor TVs and asks the question…….”Is it time you got a TV in your garden?” in a recent article on Outdoor Weatherproof TVs.
They work come rain or shine and growing numbers of us say they’re a must-have. BRIAN VINER tests the new breed of outdoor tellys
Brian Viner explains…
“Manufacturers have cottoned on to increasing demand with a new range of high-definition smart TVs, boasting all the functions of a good indoors set — and the ability to withstand everything from blazing sun to lashing rain and even snow.”
“As this paper’s film critic I spend an awful lot of time watching screens in darkened rooms; it seemed like a treat to do it from the comfort of a deckchair, glass of beer in hand.”
So I decided to give some of the latest models a try. They all require mains power so, depending on how close your nearest socket is to your back door, you’ll probably need an extension cord.
Mind you, I now have my wife to contend with, rather than my mother. ‘Why on earth would you want to be watching television at all on a lovely summer’s day?’ she asked. This time around, I had a ready answer. ‘Because the sun is out — and the cricket is on!’
My mother’s familiar rebuke still echoes, more than 40 years after she first issued it: ‘Why do you want to be cooped up indoors watching television on a lovely summer’s day?’
It was a fair point, and — finally — I have the perfect riposte: ‘OK, I’ll go and watch telly in the garden!’
Across Britain, outdoor televisions are proliferating. The trend started in pubs after 2007, when the smoking ban came in. Landlords realised they had to make a virtue of forcing their customers outside, and duly began putting up weatherproof TVs to show sporting events.
TEST: With a handsome black surround, this gained even the grudging approval of my hard-to-please family. The IP66 protection means it will cope with temperatures up to 68c, and as low as 20 degrees below zero, which just about covers all four seasons at my home in Herefordshire.
There is also the capacity to build a PC into the model, turning it into a kind of giant home computer that you control with a touchscreen — although that’s intended more for interactive use at visitor attractions than for your garden.
The sound came through two small attachable ten-watt speakers, and the picture quality was decent, although as with all the models boasting high-gloss screens, I had to fiddle with the positioning of my deckchair before I could completely get rid of the sun’s reflective glare.
“On the whole, though, I was impressed with the Aqualite. The company proudly claims that its TVs work well in factories, mines, quarries, airports and ships, as well as on gas and oil rigs in Arctic, desert or even tropical locations.”
Now it can add, that it can also handle the rigours of a Herefordshire patio!
VERDICT: The best of the bunch of regular outdoor TVs — if you’ve got the cash. The high-gloss screen is a bit of a let down, though. 7/10
“Meanwhile, in our own private gardens, Brits have started to embrace outdoor living like never before, installing hot tubs and fancy barbecues once considered suspiciously ‘New World’. Is it any wonder that our nation of sun-worshippers is now switching on to the idea of alfresco viewing at home?
With a handsome black surround, this gained even the grudging approval of my hard-to-please family. The IP66 protection means it will cope with temperatures up to 68c, and as low as 20 degrees below zero, which just about covers all four seasons at my home in Herefordshire.
On the whole, though, I was impressed with the Aqualite. The company proudly claims that its TVs work well in factories, mines, quarries, airports and ships, as well as on gas and oil rigs in Arctic, desert or even tropical locations.”